Vol. 5 Num 571 Tue. January 03, 2006  
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Rab, police mistakenly trade shots

A triangular gunfight occurred among the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), police and criminals when police opened fire mistakenly on Rab members engaged in a shootout with the criminals early yesterday.

However, none was injured during the fight.

The incident took place at around 3:00am when armed miscreants, with a view to committing robbery, put barricade on the Bamihal-Singra road near Dakatgari village and attacked a vehicle carrying the Rab members who were returning to Natore from the Bamihal police camp. The elite force retaliated resulting in a gunfight.

According to locals, both sides exchanged at least 10 rounds of bullets creating panic among the villagers.

During this gunfight, a patrol team of police coming from opposite direction opened fire on the Rab members mistaking them for criminals. The Rab also returned fire triggering a triangular gunfight.

However, a couple of minutes later the law enforcers realised their 'friendly fire' and chased the goons. But taking the opportunity of fighting between the police and Rab, the armed hoodlums managed to flee the scene.

After the killing of three Ansar members on December 28, a contingent of Rab was deployed at Bamihal camp to combat the outlaws and avert further attack.